Bony ride their luck
THERE was plenty of nail-biting at Parc Mawr in the Swalec Champ- ionship on Saturday as Bonymaen pipped Glamorgan Wanderers 16-13.
It was Bonymaen's first home game of the season and they eased into a 13-3 lead with a try by No. 8 Richard Brooks and a conversion and penalty by his brother Ian.
The Cardiff side pulled back to 13-13 and it took a penalty 10 minutes from time by Ian Brooks to put Bony ahead.
But Wanderers still had a chance to equalise with the last kick of the game but a penalty from halfway by fly-half Ianto Griffiths fell just short.
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Newbridge held firm against a determined Tata Steel to maintain their 100 per cent record with a tough 18-13 victory.
Full-back Ceri Young scored two tries for Newbridge to put them ahead, but Tata were awarded a penalty try late on from a collapsed scrum near the hosts' tryline and Gareth Walters's conversion — he had kicked two penalties in the first half — made for a tense final 10 minutes but Newbridge's defence held firm.
Cwmllynfell are second in division one west after a 24-19 win at Llangennech.
Flanker Dylan Lougher scored two tries and centre Leon Gallagher one, with wing Peter Thomas landing three conversions and a penalty.
Aberavon Quins lost 29-19 at home to Kidwelly, their fourth defeat in a row.
Dafydd Lewis scored a spectacular opening try for Kidwelly, and Gareth Rees kicked three penalties and one conversion for the visitors, who led 14-6 at the break. Jason Smith and Aaron Warren also scored tries for Kidwelly.
Quins fly-half Joe Gallivant landed four penalties and converted Adam Dawe's late try.
Ammanford lost 24-12 at Carmarthen Athletic. Fly-half Rhydian Morris gave Ammanford the perfect start with a long-distance try in the opening minute, but Athletic were 14-7 up at the interval and then progressed to a 24-7 lead before Ammanford wing Gary Stephens closed the gap late on.
Glynneath won a thriller at Loughor 24-21. The Neath Valley men had led 21-7 before Loughor pulled it back to 21-21 with minutes to go, but the visitors then worked their way downfield, were awarded a penalty and 19-year-old Rhodri Cole landed the three points with the final kick of the game.
Flanker James Parry, wing Tom Venn and full-back Josh Jones crossed for the victors, with fly-half Lloyd Thomas kicking one penalty and scrum-half Cole two.
For Loughor, lock Nathan Ace, scrum-half Jacob Wright and replacement Rhys Corcoran touched down and fly-half Andrew Williams converted all three.
Waunarlwydd produced a much-improved performance from the previous week's defeat at Kidwelly but went down 27-21 at home to leaders Tondu, who are the only side in the division still with a 100 per cent record.
Wing Andrew Rees-Spowart and hooker Matthew Wedlake got Waun's tries and Josh Hammett added three penalties and a conversion.
Tondu led 7-6 at half-time and only made sure of the win with an unconverted try at the death.
Waun's man of the match was Luxemburg international player, prop Saman Razapour, in his first game for the club.
Skewen lost 33-16 at home to Kenfig Hill.